The Atlantic Youth Hockey League is a Tier I travel league comprised of teams from the Atlantic, Southeast, New York and New England districts. The league has over 125 teams that come from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland and Virginia. It is the league’s mission to develop these young players and move them on to the next phase of their playing careers. The divisions begin at the Squirt level and proceed all the way through the Midgets. The Squirt, PeeWee and Bantam levels all have a Minor and Major component and players typically spend two seasons at a level before moving to the next level. The Major teams are typically the older team, comprised mostly of players playing in their second year at the level. The AYHL Midget program is broken up into three levels: 15U Pure, 16U and 18U. The 16U and 18U divisions consist of three levels, Premier, Elite and American..
Tier I Youth teams have a large workload when it comes to their playing commitment. There are more practices, games and tournaments and generally, more travelling done, than with organizations playing at the Tier II or Recreational levels.
At the end of the regular season, all eligible teams will compete for the AYHL Championship at their respective level.
Where applicable, as part of their AYHL regular season schedule, teams at both the minor and major levels, compete in the Atlantic District. The District Standings include games played against the other teams in the Atlantic District and then at the end of the season, the top teams compete for the District Championship. The District Champion of each competing level, will move on to represent the Atlantic District, and the AYHL, at the USA Hockey National Championship Tournament. .